Postcards from Turkey

These bunch of postcards arrived in the mail just a week after my father-in-law’s mega holiday in Turkey in September.  He and his travel companion enjoyed their tremendously.  From Istanbul where they stayed for a few days, they traveled to Kuşadası, Ephesus, then to Fethiye to explore the ancient ruins and majestic temples, the local bazaars and food, the lovely beaches, and just soaking in local culture as much as they can (and as long as their legs could take them!).

Postcards galore!
Postcards galore!

I’m so happy with the gesture and I appreciate that he took time to buy me these postcards.

Merhaba and teşekkür ederim, Dad!

Postcard Friendship Friday 088: Visiting Angkor Wat during the rainy season

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Here’s a view of the Angkor Wat during the rainy season. Rain or shine, visitors still flock to see this World Heritage Site in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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I’ve been to Angkor Wat many times already but  they were during the hot, dry summer season. I would love to visit during the monsoon season when, according to friends, the landscape is more lush, and the temples look their best – the colours and hues are richer, the trees around them are greener and the weather cooler due to regular downpours.

Postcard above courtesy of Inside Cambodia Postcards.

Postcard Friendship Friday 087: Angkor Wat and a pond of lotus flowers

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I’ve been away from Postcard Friendship Friday (again) and from the Internet in general. Here I am trying to make another comeback. I hope friends at PFF will fill still find their way to my blog. I recently received a swap request and the swapper was very specific about the postcard she wanted. She saw this from someone’s site and asked me to if I could find a copy.

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Of course, I can find this one! I even helped a friend who was looking for an electric ukulele for his son’s music talent show in school. I have this knack for finding things. The photo above is of the world-famous Angkor Wat. It’s one of my favourite views of the temple. It was probably photographed during the height of the rainy season when the ponds in front of the temple are filled with water and lotuses grow in no time. However, I do think this is photo-shopped because the pond there is not as large as this one. But still it is a nice postcard.

Anyhoo, this one’s already on its way… so watch out for it, friend 🙂

Just an update.

I’m still here, alive and kicking!
As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, changes were to happen this year. First, we acquired a lease for another apartment somewhere southeast of the city, close to the banks of the Mekong. We didn’t actually move there to live but we planned it as a – sort of – weekend rest-house.

Second, I got a new job and a full-time one. It’s something that I want to do for a long time to keep me from moping around the house. My skills are put to use again and I feel productive and useful to society. Besides, I could use extra moolah for shopping since my nephews and nieces have been hinting for some cool halloween party stuff for they saw while browsing at dept 56 halloween. But I don’t think their Grandma (my mum) is too happy about them asking me frequently, hihihi. But most importantly, I now have some moolah to continue collecting and swapping postcards with you again! Win-win, isn’t it?

Speaking of swaps, I decided to accept some offers but to selected ones. This week, I’m sending these to the Netherlands in exchange for San Marino and Vatican City postcards:

A lesser-known temple in Angkor Wat.
A lesser-known temple in Angkor Wat.
A self-made maxicard. But I'm sending a postcard without the stamp.
A self-made maxicard. But I’m sending a postcard without the stamp.

The swapper is going for a holiday in these places – and I could not really resist initiating the swap – as I have no postcards from San Marino yet (I have only one from the Vatican City).

Postcard Friendship Friday 080: Neak Poan Temple

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Here’s a late entry for this week’s Postcard Friendship Friday. I was scanning my Cambodia postcards and found one temple that I have never seen yet despite visiting Siem Reap’s Angkor Archaeological Complex several times already. Presenting to you Neak Poan temple:

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Built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, this temple is dedicated to Buddha and Brahmanism.
Neak Poan mean [sic}]‘tire up by the dragon or entwined by the dragon’. In Khmer culture the dragon is represented to the water. So our ancestor build this temple and put two dragons to wrap for protect this temple is the perfect representation on earth and water of our cosmic world,” says Sambo Manara, Historical Professor of Royal University of Phnom Penh. This temple have been used as the holy place for treatment the health care to every people and especially for the soldier before go to the battle field.

The most impressive feature of Neak Poan is there’re four pools which have differences four statue around the big pool in the center that have the main tower of the temple. The curious figure has the body of a horse supported by a tangle of human legs. It relates to a legend that Avalokiteshvara once saved a group of shipwrecked followers from an island of ghouls by transforming himself into a flying horse. Water once flowed from the central pool into the four peripheral pools via condimental spouts, which can still be seen in the pavilions at each exist of the pool, Mr. Manara’s explained. – Source

According to another site:

The central pond (or pool, as the mentioned above),  which you see above, symbolizes the Anavatapata Lake located on top of the Himalayan mountain.  The lake contained spring water and is protected by the Naga and Nagi.  According to the legend, the Anavatapata Lake was the place where all the gods of Mt. Mehru and the heavens take a bath after they had finished their yearly duties. I can only imagine the gods and goddesses enjoying the water. I bet they don’t have a need for raypak pool heater parts in that lake for they can magically turn it into a warm spring water in one swish of their hands. For more details about Neak Poan’s ponds or pools, please click here.

Postcard Friendship Friday 079: Monkeys at Angkor Thom gate

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It’s been awhile since I last posted at Postcard Friendship Friday and I feel bad for being so. Fridays just come in and out so quickly. So I’m making it up this week.

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A Cambodian friend gave this postcard to me as her “Christmas present” to me on my first year in Cambodia. Immediately after our office Christmas party, I set out to Siem Reap with some of my colleagues to see Angkor Wat for the first time. On our second day, while on our way to Bayon Temple, we passed by dozens of monkeys playing along the southern portion of the Angkor Thom gate grounds.

Angkor Thom means the “Great City” and, according to the Wikipedia, it is the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. The city was built towards the end of the 12th century and is renowned for its beautiful temple grounds and the fantastic southern gate.

The sight of passing vehicles excited the monkeys that one of them jumped right on the hood. Much to my surprise, I spilled my drink on the spanking clean dodge seat covers of our rented car. Lol. I am so scared of monkeys, big and small,  and every time I see this postcard I am reminded of that incident.